|Platform||Game Boy Advance|
|Developed by||Game Freak|
|Australia||April 3rd, 2003|
|Europe||July 25th, 2003|
|Japan||November 21st, 2002|
|United States||March 19th, 2003|
Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire versions are the main core series titles for Generation III and had been released globally by July 25th, 2003 for the Game Boy Advance.
After the success of the previous gen's Pokemon GSC and harnessing the power of the newly released Game Boy Advance, Nintendo and Gamefreak stepped up to produce a new game with amazing Pokemon. Ruby and Sapphire introduce lots of new features, moves, abilities and Pokemon whilst also fixing some things which had been issues in previous titles in the series.
Asides from a whole new world and story we see a bunch of features that make the game more fun to play but at the same time, challenging!
Pokemon Natures were added, whenever a Pokemon is spawn in the wild or bred, it has a nature that benefits a stat and affects another. Making the game more balanced and each Pokemon unique.
Each Pokemon species now has a Pokémon ability! After entering battle or when something happens during battle they do something like raising stats, lowering the enemies stats, or just being faster during a downpour. The abilities make battling more fun and entertaining!
Double battles are happening! Now you can have battle against two Pokémon at once with two Pokémon of your party. This really makes the hunting of Pokémon more fun and changes the strategy as certain attacks have to hit two Pokémon at once, or all Pokémon, like earthquake! This is what makes abilities so useful because there are some Pokémon that are immune to ground type moves, so if your partner earthquakes there are no worries!
Pokemon Contests! Finally a way to battle…without battling. Pokémon contests let you face your Pokémon against others without having to fight them, all the moves do things to impress the crowd. Moves are categorized as cool, beauty, cute, smart and tough! Now you can become the best at contests, groom your pokemon and earn all the ribbons for your beloved partners.
Ribbons are basically prizes that you get when your Pokémon gets an achievement such as winning a contest, filling up its evs’ or just being plain unique. Be on the lookout for them.
Stats were overhauled, Individual Values are now unique and Effort values manage how much your Pokémon grows from fighting. The new setup is done in a way that training affects your pokemon but breeding too.
- Over 200 Pokémon appear with over 100 newly discovered species—you'll have to link up and trade with a friend who has SapphireR/RubyS Version to catch them all!
- 2-on-2 battles—use two of your Pokémon in battle at the same time!
- Engage in intense multi battles with up to four friends!
- Pokémon Contests let you groom your Pokémon to be the Best of Show!
- Stunning Game Boy Advance graphics display the world of Pokémon with more detail than ever!